Man who impersonated cop pulls over undercover officer, gets arrested

/ 01:05 PM April 24, 2019
Man who impersonated cop arrested

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A man from Florida, United States impersonated a cop and pulled over a real one who was undercover, thus leading to his arrest.

Twenty-six-year-old Matthew Joseph Erris posed as a police officer and decided to pull up behind a driver, as per the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on April 18. Little did he know, the driver was a real undercover detective of the sheriff’s office. 


The incident, which happened on April 16, prompted the undercover detective to dial 911 and report the unusual traffic stop, as per WFLA on the same day. Real police officers then arrived in the scene shortly after to do a real traffic stop on Erris.

They found an airsoft pistol under his passenger seat. Erris is now facing a charge for impersonating a law enforcement officer,” the sheriff’s office said. 


OOPS: When 26-year-old Matthew Joseph Erris decided to play cop, turn on his red and blue lights and pull somebody over,…

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 18, 2019

They added that it is unclear how many times Erris has impersonated a cop in the past, and advised those who recognize Erris’ car or believe they may have been victimized by him to contact the sheriff’s office. As per report, Erris has been released on bond following his arrest. Cody Cepeda/JB


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